Frequently asked questions about our programs
- Do I need to have a Master's degree to apply to the Ph.D. program in Gender Studies?
- Does your department offer a terminal Master's degree?
No. Only those students intending to pursue the Ph.D. will be admitted to the program. However, a Master's degree may be obtained upon satisfactory completion of its requirements.
- Is previous women's/gender studies coursework required for a successful application?
Some background in women's/gender studies may strengthen an application, but it is not required.
- What is the department's policy on transferring credits into the Ph.D. program from another institution?
Up to thirty hours of graduate credit can transfer; grades for transfer courses must be B or better.
- What kind of financial aid does your department provide and how do I apply for it?
The Department of Gender Studies strives to offer assistantships to all students offered admission. Typically these provide five years of support for the Ph.D. Your graduate application serves as an application for an assistantship. For a comprehensive guide to applying for grants and scholarships visit our fellowship and funding page.
- Does the department require GRE scores?
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) taken in the past five years are optional and not required. The institution code for Indiana University is 1324. If applicants chose to submit scores they must ask ETS to forward GRE scores to IU using this code.
- What is the minimum TOEFL score required for admission?
If the graduate applicant's native language is not English, the College requires a score of at least 79 on the TOEFL iBT (delivered via the internet). Please note that the paper-based TOEFL ITP exam – sometimes called the institutional TOEFL – offered by the Intensive English Program on the Bloomington campus, cannot be used in place of the TOEFL iBT. Alternatively, an international applicant may submit the result of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination in lieu of the TOEFL iBT. The College requires a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS for graduate admission.
- What do you look for in a Statement of Purpose?
A good Statement of Purpose contains a great deal of information in a short document of approximately 700 words. Most importantly, it should speak to your academic preparation for inter- or transdisciplinary work in Gender Studies. Use the Statement of Purpose to tell us about your research plans, and discuss any other facts that are most relevant to your qualifications for admission.
Specific detail, used selectively and described succinctly, is important in our assessment of your background, of the questions or projects you would like to pursue, and of your fit for our program. Keep in mind that the way the Statement of Purpose is written gives us a sense of how you think and set up problems. While graduate students' interests often shift over time, it is important to indicate your current plans as clearly as possible.
- Whom should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?
Approach people who can describe in some detail your potential for success in our Ph.D. Program. Most of your recommenders should be members of faculty who have worked with you.
- How long does it take to complete your Ph.D. program?
Time to degree varies, particularly with the number of transfer credit hours available (if any). The structure of our program allows students who enter with a B.A. to complete the Ph.D. in five years, and possibly sooner.
- What kinds of employment opportunities are available to those with a Ph.D. in Gender Studies?
In the past several years, the numbers of academic jobs in women's/gender studies has grown significantly. Our graduates will be uniquely positioned to take up these jobs, as well as academic posts in more traditional disciplines that emphasize gender as an area of specialization. Training in gender studies also offers an advantageous background for careers in international agencies, civil service, public policy, education, publishing, mass media, human resources, marketing, and many other areas in the private sector.
- Can I apply for spring or summer admission?
No, we only admit students into the program in the fall.
- When is the application deadline?
All applications are due by December 1st.
- When will I hear from you about my application?
The official deadline to respond to applications is April 15th. However, we try to contact everyone by late March or early April.